My Dirty Lil Secret

Submitted by Goblisstick in Illegalism (edited by a moderator )

I’m a habitual lurker here. I’m a super private person, I do zero social media, zero tweeting, nada. But I feel compelled to join. No one in my life would ever guess that I procure items this way. Never. Ever. I’m a 43 year old married mother. Nothing else in my life would suggest that I partake in this. I think it’s always been in me, I remember stealing from classmates in kindergarten. Don’t mean to be all over the place, sorry. When was the first time y’all remember taking something?

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thief wrote

Hi,

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Popman007 wrote

I start3d when I was 12. Used to steal a shitton (that's between a shitload, and fuckton) of...COMIC BOOKS!

I spent a summer with My grandparents (parents going through a divorce.) My grandma would go grocery shopping every Sunday and drop me off at the comic book/bookstore (this was back in 1985-86)with $5. Comics were 65 cents cover back then. I'd go in buy 6 or 7 and get a bag and browse. Funny thing is new books were at the front by the cashier but as any comic collector especially older ones, back issues are where it's at.

My grandma was oblivious, thinking wow, $5 buys a lot of comics.

I'd fill that fucking bag to brim of explosion every time. I cannot even guess how much I walked out of there with. I figure I got out with about 40-50 books each time. So over that summer I made out with close to 750+ comic books. When I moved back home with my mom my grandpa was astonished how many funny books i had.

I have a lot of those books still today (over 30 years later). TMNT #1 anyone? Lol

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francium wrote

i used to steal this girls erasers and my teachers fancy pens

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Goblisstick OP wrote

Lol! Do you ever wonder why some kids just grow out of it and some of us don’t ?

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Throwdown321 wrote

It usually starts with candy as a child, then it escalates from them there.How often did you steal? and what do you steal and stores you target.

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Goblisstick OP wrote

It’s a compulsion for me. I steal something each time I go to a store for normal shopping. Mostly household things. But I go through periods where I go out from store to store, strictly to steal. I almost itch to do it. Mostly craft stores, Walmarp Tarjet Barnes n Nobe old naby. Got so much over the holiday that for the first time I started selling online.

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Throwdown321 wrote

My go-to store was mostly target, walmart if possible. sometimes walgreen if they have it out in the open and not behind a security cage, or the counter. But i activated the towers, because the new trading card packages had a source tag, i never stole there again. walmart is pretty far away from my city, I would have to go out my way just to get there, walmart dislikes high taxed cities. target was convenient previously because went shopping in parents, and then they finally opened some in the city, however they have upped thier security systems, and its pretty much very difficult to steal there now. only if i scope the store several times, trying to flush out the LP, LP thats patrolling and the lp that specifically have security camera podium. this is in an inner city mall, which is pretty difficult.

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SONOFHAM wrote

I took my classmates little Millienium Falcon toy in the first grade.

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Thoozer28 wrote

A pack of gum from a big grocer 2hen I was about 5

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dewbaca wrote

I don’t remember exactly, sometimes it was gum or candy, and other times it was toys from kids I didn’t know or from the toy room in church.

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LiftedAndGifted wrote

I remember taking g.i. Joe's out of their packaging in the local drugstore when I was around 4 or 5 yrs old.

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Undertheradar wrote (edited )

My mother taught me how to lift when I was 13. We wore the best clothing because back then there were no tags on anything and you could get hand tailored $400 Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren stuff right off the rack. And that was $400 over 40 years ago! I never lifted on my own until much later in life, mostly because of getting screwed over once too many times financially, but the knowledge of how to do it never left me. My mother was a good teacher! Both she and I are/were the type of people no one would ever suspect and we told no one about it, not even family. No one knows about this in my life and hopefully never will.

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Goblisstick OP wrote

Wow! What did your mother say to you at that time? Do you think she went onto do that her whole life? I guess I’m surprised that you didn’t start doing it on your own until you were in a predicament much later. Would you ever or have you taught your children?

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Undertheradar wrote

We never talked about it, strangely enough. It was like a secret even to talk about openly between us. I have no idea whether she did it before I knew about it but I do know she did it without me later on after I grew up. I never had kids but I don't think I would have involved them because I didn't ever do it until much later in life than having kids at home, plus I would hope they wouldn't feel the need to do it like I did. I guess I was scared to do it on my own for a long time, plus I didn't feel the need to when I was younger. If I wanted something I just bought it because I had the money. But when I got older and the world kicked me around enough financially I ended up not wanting to feel like a victim anymore. I guess I feel like if I had any other choice I wouldn't do it just because of the risk and the secrecy plus the compromise of my ethics. I suppose I feel like I'm getting back a little of what I feel like was taken away from me. It's not ideal but it beats the alternative.

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Goblisstick OP wrote

Very well put. Aren’t family dynamics quite curious and complex? I NEVER want my children to feel like they need to steal something.

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Edwadroi0 wrote

My first ever memory of stealing was in year 3, all my classmates went outside to break my teacher went up to the staff room. I was on my way to walk out then I saw a £1 coin on my teachers desk, I walked over really stealthily picked up and put it in my trousers pocket, I felt so badass.

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tookleptotofunction wrote

I’m glad you felt comfortable enough to put yourself. I am very similar in that I don’t use social media, I don’t sign up for anything, I don’t leave reviews, Hell I didn’t even post on Reddit. I lurked for 9 months before feeling okay about finally posting here.

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Goblisstick OP wrote

I was actually sweating the first time I posted here, it was so foreign to me!

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i_buy_shit wrote

I was a second grader lifting Atari games from Zayre.

My lifting really exploded when I was 16 years old and made head cashier at TJ-Maxx. It was super insane back then because my brother used to work at the same store, knew all the managers and was friends outside of work with LP.

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RagingDalak wrote

i started when i was 11 because my 7-11 was near my school so on the way home so i used to grab shit from there because it was packed full of students. i would usually go for the wine and beer my mom got because all the kids in middle school who were older than me wanted to get drunk and would pay me to get them stuff. (i was a devious child) i actually got caught once but i said "mommy drinks this but doesnt let me have any. i wanted to try it" the clerk just told me to GTFO so i left and went back the next day. looking back i couldve done it better since i just walked out with it.

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jcdenton wrote

Social media is for brainless morons, just another opiate for the masses. I was convicted of felony theft at age 14. 4 friends and I hit the high school band & orchestra's backroom while they were practicing in the morning, went through about 50-60 backpacks and stole everything of value. Our restitution was over $3000 initially but as many of the goods as possible we had to return, ended up paying like $1000 split between all the defendants. We got caught because my friend was recognized by some girls, he was identified as being near the scene of the theft around the time it must have occurred, mostly because we stood out a lot compared to the majority of kids(who were preppy/posh and very wealthy). I just felt like "fuck em, their parents can afford to buy them another". Little to no guilt about it. Felt basically the same ever since. Definitely don't have any guilt when it comes to boosting. I only steal from the wealthy otherwise.

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Goblisstick OP wrote

Wow! Was it scary for you when you got caught or you just blew it off?

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Overfoot wrote

Ok first time I stole from stores was probably from a 711, candy. I remember those pez (?) candies, strips of them. I must have been 8 years old or so?

During adolescence, must have been 16-17, my friend and I strolled into a secluded private school, the doors open, nobody around on a weekend. There was one car - but we couldn't see or hear anyone. It was a school right? This is a CRAZY story actually, as I recall.... wow. So, we go through some doors, turn some corners (think... ados right..we're just messing around).... then we come to the beginning of a super long hallway lined with lockers. We walk halfway up the hallway and decide to open a locker that was slightly ajar... there's a purse. We open, see its got stuff in it, grab it (tucked under arm) and do this kind of super sprint while being super leet out of the school. We get aways from the school, that is surrounded by forrest... we tucked under some trees...we pull out a wallet - there was 400$ in cash. So it was great... and no we didn't really feel that bad. At the time. Today? I wouldn't be in that situation. If I came across a purse and it had that money in it? I couldn't, i dont think so anyway. I'd return it. Not withstanding desperation though. Who knows. If I was unemployed? Need to feed my myself or family? Maybe I'd feel less guilty. Still, I think I'd return it hoping for some karma. As I got older I more or less developed the robin hood syndrome to stealing, if you can call it that. Never from friends/people. Still that purse find, so random??????

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Goblisstick OP wrote

That IS a scary situation! Do you think it was just teenage fearlessness that made you not think twice about it?

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